It was tough sledding for the Iowa Wesleyan soccer teams this weekend as both teams suffered blowout losses on Saturday. The women were shut out 7-0 at home against Stphens College and the men lost 9-1 at Mt. Mercy University.
At East Lake Park, the IW women couldn’t contain Stephens striker Anya Castelli. Castelli scored three goals in the first half and two in the second to score five of the seven goals scored in the game.
The Tigers couldn’t solve the Stars. They were only able to muster one shot on the day when Ivet Rodriguez forced the Stephens goalie to make a save late in the game.
Cheleena Squib faced a boatload of shots in goal, but she saved the majority. Squib ended the day with 18 saves in 25 shots on goal.
After the women’s game got over in Mt. Pleasant, the men took the field in Cedar Rapids. IW was in the game against a tough Mt. Mercy squad but a flurry of Mustang goals at the end of the game led to an eight-goal Tiger loss.
Mt. Mercy led 3-0 after the first half. Nikola Petrovic scored in the 13th minute and Kevin Kastl added goals in the 26th and 37th minutes.
Cesar Arroyo put the Tiger men on the board in the second half. He took an assist from Juan Crespo and scored in the 51th minute to cut the lead to 3-1. Mt. Mercy responded with the last six goals of the game, including three in the final eight minutes from Nolan Armstrong.
Arroyo finished the game with the only Tiger shot on goal, and one of two Tiger shots in general. Xavier Lozada had the other.
Trevor Haasis gave up three goals in 45 minutes in net, saving five shots in the loss. Elijah Perez allowed six goals and made five saves in the second 45 minutes.
The Tigers were coming off a loss at Hannibal-LaGrange Uniersity on Wednesday, Sept. 4. HLGU was up 4-0 with two minutes remaining when Jeinner Farfan scored the only IW goal, putting one in unassisted with 1:55 left on the clock.
Mariano Moreno had three shots to lead the Tigers in the loss at HLGU. Haasis and Chris Rimmer gave up two goals apiece.